5 pilgrims washed away in flash flood

COIMBATORE: Five persons on a pilgrimage to Sabarimala were washed away in flash floods in the Panchalinga Falls near River Tirumurthi at Udumalpet in Coimbatore district on Saturday.

According to police, Ezhumalai (40), Nandagopal (10), Chandrasekaran (25), Manikandan (15) and Mahendran (23) were among 52 pilgrims from Kaliyur at Cheyyar in Tiruvannamalai district. Quoting the other pilgrims, police said the five went to the upper reaches of the falls for a bath when flash floods washed them away.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Coimbatore Range, M.N. Manjunatha, rushed to the spot. Special Correspondent

Trustees for

temples appointed

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Saturday appointed chairmen and trustees for Dhandayuthapani temple in Palani and Kapaleeswarar temple in Chennai.

An official release here said S.V. Balasubramaniam was the new chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Dhandayuthapani temple and Nalli Kuppusamy would head the team nominated for the Kapaleeswarar temple. Karthi Chidambaram, son of Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, is one of the trustees of the Dhandayuthapani temple. Special Correspondent

Appointed chairperson

CHENNAI: The State Government has appointed former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president Kumari Ananthan as chairman of the Tamil Nadu Palm Workers Board. Other members will be appointed in due course, according to an official release.

The Board has been constituted pursuant to announcements in the poll manifesto and the budget that 13 boards will be formed for the welfare of workers in the unorganised sector. The Government will release the names of chairpersons and members of other Boards soon. Special Correspondent

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Murder accused

shot dead

KANCHEEPURAM: A 37-year-old person, wanted in connection with a murder, was shot dead on the outskirts of Kancheepuram town on Friday night. Vellore South Police Inspector Madhivanan opened fire in self defence when Krishnan hurled country bombs at the police in a bid to escape.

Krishnan and his associate Suriya were involved in the murder of Mohan (27) of Sathuvacheri near Vellore on November 16.

Mr. Madhivanan sustained burns on his hands and was admitted to the Government District Headquarters Hospital here. The police said the deceased was involved in several cases. An illicit liquor sachet production unit run by him at Thirukalimedu was unearthed by the Kancheepuram Prohibition Enforcement Wing recently. Staff Reporter

Elephant rides

to resume

Udhagamandalam: Efforts are on to revive elephant rides, a major tourist attraction, in the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. Rakesh Kumar Dogra, wildlife warden, told The Hindu here on Saturday that a major plan of action had been put in place to ensure that the attraction did not run into rough weather again.

Special Correspondent